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Alder
Alder (Alnus)
Species information
Endemic to

North temperate zone[1]

Sentience

Non-sentient

Usage

Wand wood

Status

Extant

Alder (genus Alnus) is the common name of a genus of flowering plants (Alnus) belonging to the birch family (Betulaceae). The genus comprises about 30 species of monoecious trees and shrubs, few reaching large size, distributed throughout the North Temperate Zone and in the Americas along the Andes southwards to Argentina.[1]

Wandlore

Whilst Alder makes for an unyielding wood, its ideal owner is not stubborn or obstinate, but often helpful, considerate and most likeable. Whereas most wand woods seek similarity in the characters of those they will best serve, alder is unusual in that it seems to desire a nature that is, if not precisely opposite to its own, then certainly of a markedly different type.[2]

When an alder wand is happily placed, it becomes a magnificent, loyal helpmate. Of all wand types, alder is best suited to non-verbal spell work, whence comes its reputation for being suitable only for the most advanced witches and wizards.[2]

Alder is also excellent for protection against outside forces, and, when combined with phoenix feather, is a suitable match for a wizard who will "make their mark on this world".[3]

Notable alder wand owners

Appearances

Notes and References

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